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Luke A. Hase

Biography:

Second-year doctoral student on an AHRC scholarship.

I began my theological studies with a BA (Hons) in Theology at Heythrop College, University of London, where, graduating with high First Class Honours, I was awarded the Marcus Ward Prize for Excellence in New Testament Studies. I then came to Cambridge to undertake an M.Phil in New Testament and Early Christianity, under the supervision of Professor Judith M. Lieu, for which I received the Isaac Newton Boak Award, and passed with Distinction.

In my doctoral thesis, I am exploring the category of mythas a socio-anthropological concept—and its (largely overlooked) relevance for understanding the literary and intellectual activity of Paul in his New Testament epistolary legacy. The project divides into three main sections. The first assesses the historical reception of the concept of 'myth', both when appealed to and rejected, in Pauline studies since the dawn of the scientific method, with particular attention being paid to the underlying ideology that has accompanied such engagements. With this bleak history found wanting, the second section seeks to engage more fully than has hitherto been done in Pauline studies with the history of research pertaining to the status and function of myth outside of NT studies, with a view to 'rethinking' myth as an analytically helpful socio-anthropological field in Pauline research. The third section then endeavours to apply this informed interdisciplinary perspective on myth to the interpretation of pertinent material in the undisputed Pauline epistles. I am particularly interested in the foundational and paradigmatic quality theorists have attributed to mythic narratives, as 'lived' stories, in conjunction with Paul's understanding of himself and the communities to which he writes as those who in some way 'participate' in the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Subject area and speciality

New Testament specialists:

'Co-Crucified with Christ': Rethinking Myth as a Hermeneutical Tool in Pauline Studies

Other Professional Activities

Co-Chair of the Cambridge New Testament Graduate Seminar

Keywords

  • New Testament
  • Early Christianity

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